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Allergen Control

Allergen Control

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How to get rid of dust

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

 

Every home carries dust, but how much dust lives in your home depends on a number of factors, such as the climate you live in, if you have pets, smoke cigarettes, or even cook certain types of foods. In addition to being a sight for sore eyes and often a trigger for allergy sufferers, dust can contain toxic chemicals.

Living in Arizona, we're no strangers to dust and it's not just something that affects air quality during monsoon. During winter in the Phoenix metro area, a layer of cooler air becomes trapped by a layer of warmer air just above it, forming what's called an inversion. An inversion traps pollutants from all kinds of sources and this increases the chances of carbon monoxide. That is why it's necessary to take care of the system that circulates the air in your house on a regular basis to prevent these toxins from getting into your home.

Here's our list of effectively and safely:

  • Fit your air conditioning system with high quality filters and change them frequently to make sure they're doing their job. At John's Refrigeration our air cleaner installation experts can work with you to make sure that the air quality in your home is safe. We also take care to ensure the new filter in your home doesn't impede the balance of air pressure in your home or reduce the efficiency of your system.
  • Caulk cracks and crevices to prevent dust from getting into those hard to reach areas.
  • Vacuum frequently, using one with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma, you may want to consider investing in a vacuum that has high suction and high dust removal capability. Make sure to clean out and replace the filter regularly.
  • Clean with microfiber cloths; their smaller fibers cling to the dust particles. Avoid synthetic sprayers and wipes, as they only add unwanted chemicals to the air.
  • Mop uncarpeted floors regularly with water and the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products.

If your home has an excessive amount of dust and you're worried about the toxins your family is breathing in, call John's today to schedule a peak performance home evaluation. We will be able to look at not only your air conditioning and heating system, but also the way you live in your home and then offer recommendations to keep the air in your home dust free and clean.

What's That Brown Cloud on the Horizon? How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

 

Living in the desert, Arizona homes can experience higher levels of dust and other contaminants than homes in other climates. As a result, it's important to consider your home's indoor air quality and learn what you can do to ensure a healthy environment for your family.

Those who suffer from allergies can be especially susceptible to issues from poor air quality in the home. Other signs your home may have poor indoor air quality include:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Nausea

Many symptoms resulting from issues with indoor air quality appear similar to the flu and often go undiagnosed.

To help improve your indoor air quality, start by contacting John's Refrigeration to learn about our air quality services. There are a number of simple steps to take to help insure healthier indoor air quality:

  • Check the duct system: Air contaminants like dust, pollen, and other environmental toxins can get into your home and circulate through dirty, leaky ducts. Getting ducts cleaned, checked for leaks, and repaired is a valuable first step for protecting the air you breathe.
  • Install an air filter: After checking and sealing the duct system, John's can install our Fresh Air Filter System that will help continue to keep the home ventilated with clean air. Air filters catch pollutants before they enter the indoor air.
  • Beware of carbon monoxide: Carbon Monoxide is an odorless but poisonous gas that can come from your heater, furnace, fireplace, or other gas appliances and tools. Undetected, it can cause a number of health issues and can be fatal. When we conduct a heating repair service, we check for things like cracks in the heater, where carbon monoxide can leak.
  • Add a humidifier: Our dry climate leaves the indoor air lacking moisture, causing skin issues, potential respiratory problems, and increased dust. Adding a humidifier to the system can help alleviate these issues and allow homeowners to manage the humidity levels in the home.

To schedule an inspection to check on the quality of your indoor air, contact John's Refrigeration at (480) 718-1172.

Preventing Illness at Home During Flu Season

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Whole Home Air Purifiers: They Help You Breathe Easier

It's that time of year. Kids are bringing home nasty germs and inevitably, everyone in the house will take their turn at being sick. Obviously washing your hands and cleaning surfaces with disinfectant will help. But what if you could have a whole home solution? One that worked for you all year around? One that would strip the germs right out of the air so that you don't have to worry?Well we have the solution for you. Our whole home air purifier. (more…)

What MERV Rating Means for Your Air Filtration

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We are right now in the middle of allergy season, when even people with minor allergies and asthma can start to experience uncomfortable symptoms from the pollutants circulating through the air. At Johns Refrigeration, we take indoor air quality very seriously, and we want you to have the most pleasant conditions in your home as possible. We install a variety of filtration systems that will remove most of the allergens moving through your home's air. (more…)

Plants That Trigger Allergies (and how a whole home air filter can help)

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Are you experiencing sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, a runny nose, or itchy, watery eyes? You might be experiencing allergies associated with the plants, flowers, grasses, trees, and weeds that are currently in bloom. While we need rain in the desert, it is making for a terrible allergy season. What can you do at your home to prevent triggering allergies? You can start by avoiding plants that trigger allergies.

What are allergies?

When you have an allergy, you have a heightened sensitivity to an allergen – a foreign substance. Common allergies include dust, pollen, and pet dander. Your body overreacts when it encounters allergens, causing the immune system to go into overdrive. When this happens, you experience runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and other symptoms.

Arizona Plants that Trigger Allergies

Arizona, especially the Phoenix area, is a place where native and non-native plants that trigger allergies exist together. If you can avoid some of these, you will experience fewer allergy symptoms. Native plants include a species of ambrosia called triangle lead bursage, mesquite, and Palo Verde. Non-native olive, white mulberry, Russian thistle, and common grasses including Bermuda, fescue, and perennial rye all trigger allergies.

Tips for Dealing with Allergies

Being uncomfortable during allergy season is bad enough, but if allergens in your home are causing you to sneeze, have itchy eyes, or experience other symptoms, it's time to make a change.

  • Keep the house at a normal level of humidity to keep allergens like dust mites from reproducing.
  • Close windows and doors during high pollen days.
  • Obey the no-burn days.
  • Avoid down comforters and pillows.
  • Replace carpeting with tile or laminate flooring.
  • Take shoes off at the door so you're not tracking dust, dirt, and other contaminants into the home.
  • Keep pets off your bed or out of bedrooms.
  • Regularly bathe pets to cut back on allergy inducing dander.

At John's Refrigeration, we often recommend installing a whole home air filter that will decrease the dust, pollen, and other contaminants in the home. Kitchen and pet odors will be nearly non-existent and the air in your will be clean and allergen free. Just Call John's today to learn more.

Ways to Raise Awareness about Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

May is the height of allergy season, making it the perfect time for Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America promotes the education and increased awareness of allergies and asthma across the nation. Their mission is to help communities understand the impact of environmental and food allergies to their citizens.

While John's Refrigeration isn't an expert on food allergies, we know a few things about creating a healthy environment in the home. Dust, pollen, dirt, and other contaminants can make it a struggle for many people to be outside. We make it our mission to help our customers breathe easy in their homes.

Did you know….the air in your home can be dirtier than the air outside?

It's true. Your home can actually suffer symptoms of difficulty breathing, a sort of asthma attack inside the home. This occurs when the ducts are not sealed properly and/or when you're not using a properly sized air filter. These conditions cause the system to work harder – breathe heavier. You see the effect of this extra effort in the form of higher utility bills.

What can you do to treat the asthma of your home?

The simple answer is to Just Call John's. Our team of certified technicians will come to your home, assess the current system, make recommendations for repairs and upgrades, and get your home breathing easy. We also perform valuable services to make sure your home is breathing easier:

  • Test Indoor Air Quality to understand if there are allergens and contaminants making you or your family feel less than healthy.
  • Perform an Energy Audit to determine where your home is costing you money and energy efficiency.
  • Join the Peak Performance Club, which provides annual maintenance to the entire system of your home. We can catch repairs before they become replacements.

Raise awareness about Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month this May when you Just Call John's to have the air in your home tested. Here's to your health and comfort!

Xeriscaping and Allergies

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Xeriscaping refers to landscaping in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for additional watering. Xeriscaping uses native plants, which often have a low pollen count and will cause less trouble with allergies. So, not only does xeriscaping save water, but it can also reduce the allergens that are around your home, making it easier for you to breathe.

 

Xerogardening, another form of xeriscaping, involves planting a “low allergy garden” by establishing plants and flowers that are pollinated by insects, rather than those pollinated by the wind. A Xerogarden can also be an effective way of reducing dust in the garden and in your home's landscaping. Both utilize water-wise or drought-resistant plants that are native to the area. You can even design your xeriscape or xerogarden as a lure for local wildlife, including hummingbirds and quail.

Another way to decrease the amount of pollen and other allergens from around your home would be by using ground covers in your landscaping. The ground covers, sometimes gravel, but also low, creeping plants, cover the soil to reduce the amount of dust that's carried by the wind. Dust that ends up in your house, which can make it difficult for you to breathe.

Controlling the air quality in your home can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and decrease the triggers that cause flare-ups. Air conditioners help reduce the humidity and also prevent outdoor allergens from entering the home, as long as the units are routinely serviced and running correctly. Most health risks associated with poor indoor air quality can be minimized with proper HVAC system maintenance.

At John's, we offer several suggestions for homeowners to improve the quality of air in their homes, including something as simple as replacing inefficient air filters. To find out if your home could benefit from installing an air filtration system to help control allergens in your home, read our blog, Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?

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